I recently had the opportunity to attend a learning session in which Jason Lauritsen presented “Being the Best: Revealing the Surprising Secrets of America’s Best Places to Work”. Jason is a keynote speaker, author, advisor and an expert in employee engagement and workplace culture. His message stemmed from years of research and data to ultimately try and put his finger on what makes workplaces great.
One of the attributes of a great workplace was what he called “connection”. In layman’s terms, this is the relationships and bonds you form at work. What really stuck out at me was the quote – “who we work with matters…a lot!”
If you step back and think about this, it really is a powerful message. Many full-time employees spend more of their waking hours with co-workers than they do with their spouses and families. As such, it is important to build quality relationships with co-workers.
Employees and employers should take time to forging these relationships. For employees, building and maintain good working relationships will not only make you more engaged and committed to your company; it can also open doors to for career advancement. For employers, there are many benefits that can be reaped by businesses that allow and foster good relationships in the workplace.
I would encourage everyone to devote time to laying the foundation of good relationship building. After all, the more you give in your relationships, the more you'll get back from those around you!